Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherds Pie

Shepherd’s pie, just like chicken pot pie, is a dish that is easy to make and a complete meal by itself. It is popular because for some, it is a comfort food to have after a long day at work. Admittedly, it was not a dish that I normally make for my family, but my youngest son was always a fan of this dish. Upon his request, I was able to make Shepherd’s Pie for the first time. He was not disappointed!

Shepherd’s pie is a mixture of ground beef and vegetables, topped with a mashed potato crust. Some variations use different meats such pork, turkey, or lamb to name a few. Gravy also goes well when poured over the mashed potatoes. However this hearty dish is prepared, it is always loved by many. :)

Shepherd’s Pie

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Shepherd’s Pie


  • 1 ½ lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 10 oz can beef broth
  • ½ can water
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ cup finely diced carrots
  • ½ cup frozen corn
  • Garlic mashed potatoes:
  • 2 lbs potatoes (5-6 medium), peeled and cubed
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled and lightly crushed
  • ¾ cup buttermilk or 2% milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten


  1. Using a large non-stick frying pan, cook ground beef over medium heat until no longer pink. Break meat up as it cooks.
  2. Add onions and garlic; cook until softened.
  3. Stir in flour, salt, pepper and thyme.
  4. Add broth, water, Worcestershire, bay leaf and carrots.
  5. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes, or until quite thick and carrots are tender.
  6. Stir in corn. Correct seasonings, remove bay leaf and spread mixture in a deep casserole. Let cool slightly.
  7. Meanwhile, place potatoes in a saucepan with garlic and cover with water. Add salt, bring to a boil and simmer gently until tender.
  8. Drain well and mash. Beat in buttermilk, salt and pepper.
  9. Reserve 1 tablespoon of beaten egg and add remainder to mixture.
  10. Spread potato mixture over meat and brush with reserved egg.
  11. Bake at 350°F for 40-45 minutes.
  12. Serve and enjoy!


Recipe source: The cookbook “The Best of the Best and More”.


  1. Hannah says

    Your recipe looks great :) just a thing, if you’re using Beef it’s Cottage Pie; Shepherd’s Pie is only with Lamb! Hence the name…

  2. Fiona says

    I make quite a similar one, but using frozen peas and carrots instead of the finely chopped carrot. I still add frozen corn as well. It makes it a little more colourful.

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